Video of the week – 2009 Rustum Roy Lecture: ‘Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century’ by Charles Vest

By / November 19, 2009

Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting…

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Lithium battery recycling facility explodes

By / November 12, 2009

NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect that Toxco’s recycling business includes all lithium batteries and is not limited to lithium-ion types. Earlier this week there was an unexpected…

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Video of the week #2: 2009 Orton Lecture – Innovations in Ceramic Processing by Tailoring Solid-Liquid and Solid-Gas Interfaces – by Ludwig Gauckler

By / November 12, 2009

ETH Zurich professor Ludwig J. Gauckler gave the 2009 Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture at the recently completed ACerS Annual Meeting and MST’09 Conference. “Tailoring the solid–gas and solid–liquid interfaces…

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New look at material acting as insulator instead of conductor

By / November 9, 2009

According to a press release, Johns Hopkins materials scientists have found a new use for a chemical compound that has traditionally been viewed as an electrical conductor. By changing the…

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Single layer superconductivity

By / October 30, 2009

Physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a single layer responsible for one such material’s ability to become superconducting. The technique, described in the Oct. 30, 2009, issue of Science,…

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Nissan Leaf breaks from Big Three mold

By / October 28, 2009

On the heels of last week’s post about Nissan’s new plug-in hybrid, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nissan is the only car manufacturer out of Japan’s Big Three (Toyota,…

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New material to power tiny generators

By / October 24, 2009

Via press release from University of Wisconsin, we learn that a team of researchers has developed a piezoelectric nanogenerator and experimented with a variety of materials to power it. The…

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New computer chip holds 1 TB of data

By / October 23, 2009

A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has created a small chip that can hold 1TB of data. That’s over 50 times the capacity of today’s silicon-based chip.…

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Nanotube properties manipulated by catalyst composition

By / October 16, 2009

Researchers know that single‐walled carbon nanotubes have a lot of potential in the world of electronics. Besides being cheap to produce, it’s been show that SWNTs can be produced that…

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Volvo’s electric: sexy, stunning, Swedish

By / September 29, 2009

Volvo Cars is currently evaluating the viability of a fully battery-electric vehicle. This year, Volvo has built and is internally testing a small number of prototype versions of a BEV…

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